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Edward Berton Almon (April 18, 1860 – June 22, 1933) was an American, and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives who represented northwest Alabama's 8th congressional district.

Edward B. Almon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1915 – June 22, 1933
Preceded byChristopher C. Harris
Succeeded byArchibald H. Carmichael
Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
January 10, 1911 – January 12, 1915
Preceded byArchibald H. Carmichael
Succeeded byArchibald H. Carmichael
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from Colbert County
In office
January 10, 1911 – January 12, 1915
Preceded byArchibald H. Carmichael
Succeeded byArchibald H. Carmichael
Member of the Alabama Senate
from the 31st district
In office
November 15, 1892 – November 13, 1896
Preceded byL. D. Godfrey
Succeeded byW. H. Matthews
Personal details
Born
Edward Berton Almon

(1860-04-18)April 18, 1860
Lawrence, Alabama, U.S.
DiedJune 22, 1933(1933-06-22) (aged 73)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Luie Clopper
Alma materUniversity of Alabama

Early lifeEdit

Almon was born near Moulton, Alabama in Lawrence County, April 18, 1860, son of George W. and Nancy (Eubank) Almon. He graduated from the State Normal School in Florence, Alabama (the predecessor of the University of North Alabama) and then the University of Alabama School of Law in 1883. He passed the bar exam and entered the legal profession in 1885 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He married Luie Clopper on December 13, 1887, and they had two daughters, Lottie and Louise.[1]

CareerEdit

Almon entered the political arena in 1892 when he was elected to the Alabama Senate, and served from 1892 to 1894. He was a Presidential Elector for Alabama in 1896. Elected circuit court judge in 1898, he served until 1906. From 1910 to 1915 Almon served in the Alabama House of Representatives including one year (1911) as Speaker.[2] His successor, Archibald Hill Carmichael also served as Speaker of the Alabama House both immediately before and after Almon.[3]

In 1914, Almon ran as a Democratic Party candidate for the United States House of Representatives and won. He took office on March 3, 1915 and served nine terms until his death on June 22, 1933.[4] During his term in the U.S. House he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Roads from 1931 until 1933. On April 5, 1917, Almon was one of the 50 representatives who voted against declaring war on Germany. During the 65th Congress, both bodies passed the Sedition Act which criminalized certain kinds of political dissent in the United States. The 67th Congress repealed the act.[5]

DeathEdit

Almon died in Washington, D.C., on June 22, 1933 (age 73 years, 65 days). He is interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Tuscumbia, Alabama.[6] He was succeeded by Archibald Hill Carmichael.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Edward B. Almon". Colbert County AlArchives Biographies. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Edward B. Almon". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  3. ^ Welcome to the Alabama State Legislature Archived 2007-04-23 at the Wayback Machine at www.legislature.state.al.us
  4. ^ "Edward B. Almon". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. ^ 65th United States Congress: Information and Much More from Answers.com at www.answers.com
  6. ^ "Edward B. Almon". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 17 May 2013.

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